Premiere for Stefan Bellof in the Porsche 956K
It was a bit cold on May 28, 1983, when Stefan Bellof competed for the qualifying of the ADAC 1000-kilometer race at the Nürburgring as part of the sports car world championship. His car: The Porsche 956 K with the chassis number 007; first equipped with 13-inch wide rims on the front axle. More camber and modified steering levers ensure better steering behavior.
A distance of 20.835 kilometers per lap was to be mastered at that time. Less than 2 km shorter than usual. Due to the new construction of the Grand Prix circuit and the pit system, a connector with a short pit lane behind grandstand T13 was created.
No one guessed that on that weekend a record would be set, which would stand more than 30 years later.
Record round Nordschleife: 6: 11,13min
Date: May 28, 1983
Driver: Stefan Bellof
Vehicle: Porsche 956K chassis no. 007
Lap length: 20.835 km
Lap time: 6: 11,13min
Average speed: 202 km / h
Fight for the pole position
The former Formula 1 driver Jochen Mass ends his qualifying with a time of 6: 16.850 min, as one of the last driver Stefan Bellof starts on his lap.
Bellof does the unthinkable in Werksporsche, a fabulous time of 6: 11.13 min, 5 sec faster than teammate Mass. The reigning Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg, even takes half a minute longer on his tour of the Green Hell.
Bellof was at an average speed of 202 km / h - faster than any racer before. Despite two small mistakes, as he would then say, typically relaxed.
"Stefan broke a sound barrier,
that was the epochal of this round. "
Norbert Singer, the then Porsche chief engineer
Nobody was faster until today. A record for eternity?
On race Sunday, the second Porsche works car with Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass crossed the finish line as the winner. Stefan Bellof had to park his Porsche in the section Pflanzgarten after an accident in lap 19.
With this track record, the history of Stefan Bellof is inseparable from that of the Nürburgring. The curve combination between the jump hill in the Pflanzgarten and the Schwalbenschwanz section bears the name 'Stefan-Bellof-S' since 2013.